Friday Five: Unique hotel designs


It’s one thing travelling and seeing incredible sights, but why not explore the world while sleeping in the most unique hotels? Here are a few of our suggestions:

1. Kenyan Manor Hotel

What better way to visit Kenya than to sleep in a hotel where you breakfast with your family and a very tall animal friend? Dining with giraffes is a key selling point of the Kenyan Manor Hotel.

2. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Sleep under the Northern Lights and live a luxurious life in Lapland; a perfect choice for the winter months. 

3. A vintage 1965 Boeing 727

Not many people can say they have slept in a fully refurbished grounded aeroplane in Costa Verde – a colourful option if you’re exploring the Americas.

4. No Man’s Fort

A fan of solitude? The No Man’s Fort hotel is off the Isle of Wight, so it certainly offers an interesting choice close to home. And yes, it really is a fort.

5. Magic Mountain Lodge

Become enchanted with a hotel in the heart of Patagonia. The Magic Mountain Lodge, known as the ‘Hobbit hotel’, comes complete with an incredible waterfall.

Tell us what unique hotels you would like to experience or have visited; got an idea for our Friday Five series? Tweet us @thinktanklondon.

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The SBID International Design awards


The 2015 winners of the SBID International Design Awards have been revealed.

Winners of the prestigious awards include Space for Red Bull (Office Space category), the mind-bending Into the World of Art by EXCLAIM UNITED CORP, and LSDCASA for Vanke Emerald Riverside Show Flat which won Interior Design Project Over £1M.

The overall winner is Tinker Imagineers who created a relaxing and vibrant environment in the Experience Juliana Children’s Hospital.

Presented with a mesmerising glowing green glass trophy made by Sans Glass Deco, each project also features in The Global Interior Design 2015 coffee table book.

Take a look at the winners here.

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Book and Bed


If you love literature and have your sights set on Japan, this could be the perfect place to stay.

‘Book and Bed’ is a tranquil hostel in Tokyo, offering a wide range of English and Japanese books to its guests, who get to relax in library-style surroundings complete with mood lighting and wooden fixtures.

Designed by Suppose Design Office, ‘Book and Bed’ was opened to the public on 5th November.

Take a look at the hostel here and let us know if you’d stay there.

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House of Books


Photographer Frank Bohbot has documented the overlooked beauty of libraries all around the world.

From Italy to Japan, Bohbot has travelled all over to create the ‘House of Books’, an astonishing collection of architectural images.

This unique visual record reveals a diverse range of cultures: for example, Rome’s Bibllioteca Angelica has a grand heritage and a lived-in atmosphere, whereas Seikei University Library in Japan uses modern furniture and wide open spaces for a more minimalist look.

However, one thing all the libraries share is their incredible collections of much-loved books.

Take a look at some of Bohbot’s images here and tell us which ones are your favourites.

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World Interior of the Year shortlist unveiled


The shortlist for World Interior of the Year 2015 has been revealed, showcasing all sorts of innovative, inspiring, and unique interior designs.

The awards, organised by INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, celebrate fantastic design in nine categories, including Creative Re-use, Display, and Hotels.

Fifty projects have been shortlisted; our favourites include the colourful Medibank Workplace (pictured) and the striking New Rock World Ktv in China.

Take a look at the complete list of shortlisted project here and tell us for which ones you would vote.

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Orbits Clock tells the time with a twist


Orbits ClockStudio VE has created a visually striking wall clock, which is a perfect quirky feature for the home or office.

The ‘Orbits Clock’ features three rotating carbon circles.

The time is read by studying small indicators located on the hour and minute ‘hands’.

Read more about this innovative device here and watch a demonstration below.

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Pantone announces colour of the year 2015


Pantone has chosen Marsala as colour of the year for 2015. Pantone Colour of the Year Marsala 18-1438

The full bodied qualities of Marsala 18-1438 make it a perfect stand-alone statement tone, an ideal fit for use in interior spaces such as kitchens and dining rooms and for soft furnishings and linens.

Marsala is also the perfect complement to other colours throughout the home as a result of its natural red-brown earthen hues.

The colour of the year is not necessarily about choosing a colour that is in fashion, or replicating a trend, it’s a shade reflective of consumers’ emotions and feelings of the time.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute® said “this hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Find out more about Pantone’s colour of the year Marsala here.

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